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  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted May 2, 2000 by Gareth G. Davis, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Young African-American Males: Continuing Victims of High Homicide Rates in Urban Communities

    Despite a welcome decline in violent Crime rates nationwide, African-American males are still dying from criminal homicides at an alarming rate. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), violent Crime in the United States has fallen since 1991.1 Politicians of both parties have hailed the news of this recent decline, but violent Crime…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted February 2, 2000 by Gareth G. Davis Faster Economic Growth Will Not Solve Social Security Crisis

    The Social Security system, according to its own actuaries, faces a financial crisis of immense proportions. The Office of the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is projecting that within 15 years, the system will begin taking in less money than it needs to pay the benefits promised to participants. Moreover, within 30 years, it will have only…

  • Backgrounder posted May 26, 1999 by David C. John, Gareth G. Davis Four Steps to Improve the Prospects of Social Security Reform

    Congress could begin the process of Social Security reform this year by passing legislation to guarantee the Social Security benefits of retirees and to provide more information to workers and analysts about the current program and the options for reform. Taking such steps would help to prepare Americans for a more informed debate on the future of Social Security,…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted January 19, 1999 by Gareth G. Davis, D. Mark Wilson The Impact of Removing Social Security's Tax Cap on Wages

    The Social Security system is facing a financial crisis of immense proportions. In about 15 years, it will begin taking in less money than it needs to pay benefits to its participants; and within 30 years, it will have sufficient funds to pay only 75 cents for every dollar of benefits it has promised.1 By 2075, Social Security will run an annual deficit of $516…

  • Executive Memorandum posted December 17, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis Calculating Social Security's Rate of Return

    Since January 1998, when The Heritage Foundation published its first Center for Data Analysis (CDA) study analyzing Social Security's rate of return, President Bill Clinton and a variety of experts have argued that Social Security's rate of return needs to be higher. The opponents of reform, however, continue to claim that Social Security provides a good rate…

  • Backgrounder posted December 3, 1998 by David C. John, Gareth G. Davis The Cost of Managing Individual Social Security

    Administrative costs are an important part of the debate about the future of Social Security. Even though it is widely acknowledged that Americans could have a much more prosperous retirement if their Social Security taxes earned a better rate of return, some critics claim that the allegedly high administrative costs of individually owned and privately…

  • Backgrounder posted October 16, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Nina Shokraii Rees How Public Policy Reforms Would Unleash Hispanic America's EconomicPotential

    Over the next six years, the actions of Washington policymakers in reforming education, the income tax system, and Social Security will affect every American, but particularly those who struggle most to achieve prosperity. Congress and the President have arrived reluctantly at the moment of decision: Now, after years of talking about these issues, the problems of…

  • Executive Summary posted October 16, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Nina Shokraii Rees BG1227es:  How Public Policy Reform Would Unleash HispanicAmerica's Economic Potential

    Congress and the President have arrived at an important juncture in public policy. Over the next six years, and before the "baby boom" generation begins to drain away the resources of Medicare and Social Security, Washington policymakers can make a number of changes in education, tax, and retirement policies that promise significant improvements in the well-being…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted September 7, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis Social Security's Rates of Return for Union Households

    What can union members, from miners to school teachers, expect to receive from Social Security after a lifetime of contributing payroll taxes to the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program? And how does this compare with the returns they reasonably could expect if the taxes were placed in private investments? A new study by the Center for Data Analysis, using…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted July 30, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis, Sarah E. Youssef A State-by-State Analysis of the Returns From Social Security

    How does the amount that current workers can expect to receive in future Social Security retirement benefits vary by state? This Heritage Foundation analysis shows that future retirement benefits will vary greatly from state to state. It also shows that typical workers in every state can expect to receive returns on their lifetime Social Security payroll taxes that…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted July 13, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis Analyzing The CRS Social Security Study

    On June 18, 1998, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an analysis of major Social Security reform proposals.1 The study, requested by Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY), purports to show that a Social Security reform plan proposed by Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and Robert Kerrey (D-NE), and a similar plan by Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and…

  • Backgrounder posted May 4, 1998 by Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D., Gareth G. Davis Social Security Trust Fund Report Shows Need For Reform

    The 1998 Social Security Trustees Report, released April 28, 1998, reveals that the retirement program is actuarially bankrupt.1 The retirement program's real unfunded liability has expanded to $17.9 trillion, more than 6 percent higher than reported last year. Moreover, because the Social Security Administration's long-term life expectancy figures are flawed (the…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 27, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis Tasa De Rendimiento Del Seguro Social Para Los HispanoAmericanos

    ¿Qué pueden esperar los hispanoamericanos en cuanto a futuros beneficios de jubilación del Seguro Social? Un estudio de la Heritage Foundation revela que la tasa de rendimiento del actual sistema del Seguro Social será bruscamente inferior de lo que ellos podrían percibir si colocaran esas mismas retenciones sobre sus salarios aún si estas se realizaran en las…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 27, 1998 by William W. Beach, Gareth G. Davis Social Security's Rate of Return For Hispanic Americans

    What can Hispanic Americans expect in future Social Security retirement benefits? A Heritage Foundation study reveals that the Social Security system's rate of return for most Hispanic Americans will be vastly inferior to what they could expect from placing their payroll taxes in even the most conservative private investments. Social Security's low rate of…

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